AG Questions Phoned In Plea

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison is questioning the handling of a no-contest plea entered by phone in the ticket-fixing case of a public official.

Morrison says he may schedule a new hearing for Edwardsville City Councilman Bob Lane so the plea can be entered in open court. Morrison says Lane's telephoned plea Tuesday was unusual, and may
not be "legally permissible.''

Ashley Anstaett, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said Lane entered the plea in a 10 a.m. phone call with his lawyer, an assistant attorney general and a judge. A court reporter made an official record of the proceedings.

Lane pleaded no-contest to fixing drunken-driving tickets in exchange for gifts and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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